Fintan McGill has been named as the new President of Longford Chamber of Commerce and Industry, following the organisation’s Annual General Meeting on Monday night last, March 3.
Mr McGill assumes the role from Seamus Butler, who has held the position for the past four years.
In his first speech as Chamber President, Mr McGill paid tribute to his predecessor, saying he “remains one of the great champions for Longford and small business generally,” and that “he is a man who wears his heart and his Longford colours on his sleeve and the amount of time and effort he has committed to our town and county over the years cannot be under-estimated.”
Referring to the upcoming reform of local authorities, Mr McGill lamented the aboishment of Longford Town Council, claiming that “its abolition is yet a further to blow to the fabric and make-up of rural Ireland,” adding that the Chamber will seek to engage with the new municipal authority at the earliest opportunity to address important issues, including the parking situation in Longford town.
The new president went on to admit that the Chamber has to be proactive in seeking to create local jobs: “We hunger for new jobs in Longford and of course we need to maintain pressure on Enterprise Ireland and the IDA. However, we have the wherewithal to create jobs in retail and within our own businesses.”
Mr Gill concluded his speech by stating that “Longford is open for business and Longford is ready to fight back.”